Acupuncture

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After about six months of avoiding all grains in my diet, I reached a kind of plateau in my recovery. I felt pretty good, and functioned normally most of the time, but part of me remembered how it felt to be really well, and I knew I wasn’t there yet. I’ve written in another post about the range of other things I was doing to give my body the best chance to heal and rebalance (exercise, sleep, vitamins, meditation), but I started to wonder whether I had reached the end of the self-help road. I thought it was probably time to look for some expert help.

I don’t remember why I chose acupuncture, but it probably had something to do with my positive experience of it when I was trying to conceive my first child. At the age of 35 I was a bit worried that I may have trouble getting pregnant, and after six months of trying, a friend recommended that I try an acupuncturist in Oxford called Jannie White, who specialised in fertility treatments. I really liked Jannie, but I didn’t have time to get to know her very well – I became pregnant a couple of weeks after the first treatment! Although there is no way of proving a connection between the two events, I felt profoundly affected by that one treatment, as if something in my body immediately shifted. My beautiful daughter is now 8 years old, and I do partially credit her conception to acupuncture (although my husband was also involved……..).

Anyway, I found an acupuncturist in Banbury called Danielle Croft, and she listened patiently to my story (which, upon reflection, was probably the first part of the treatment). We agreed that whatever was causing the problem, my symptoms seemed to be related to an over-active immune system, so Danielle said that she would focus on calming it down. Over several weeks she provided a range of treatments (and some much-needed conversations about my health and progress), and soon I felt that I was moving on to the next level of “wellness”. I realised that although my acute symptoms had disappeared since I’d excluded grains from my diet, I had still been living with an underlying feeling of dis-ease or whole-body discomfort.  These feelings gradually began to lessen as the treatments progressed, and my energy levels improved. There were also some indications that there was a positive impact on my hormones – my periods became more regular, and my skin returned to its natural, slightly oily state (I had though that its dryness was just a natural result of getting older). But best of all, I started to feel happier and more optimistic about the future. There had been times in the past when I wondered whether I would ever feel properly well again, or whether I was just going to have to learn to live with chronic, low-level discomfort and fatigue. As the acupuncture improved those residual physical symptoms, I could finally believe that I was going to fully recover. It was a great relief!

Although I haven’t seen Danielle for over a year now, it’s a tribute to her that I haven’t needed to. And it’s good to know that if I start feeling unwell again, I can go and see her for a tune-up.

About Sam Gulbis Bishop

Twenty years ago, I left for a year's travelling in Europe, carrying a single backpack. Now I'm back in Melbourne with a husband, two kids, and a shipping container full of furniture. This blog is about finding a job, finding a home, and finding myself a foreigner in my own country.

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